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"This inventive, offbeat fable has a touch of magic about it."
--Los Angeles Times
"Where The Princess Bride was lightheartedly brutal, this story is gently whimsical, well-complemented by Paul Giovanopoulos's zany drawings.
--San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle
The return of a beloved classic,
from the bestselling author of The Princess Bride!
Once upon a time, the gondoliers of Venice possessed the finest voices in all the world. But, alas, few remember those days--and fewer still were ever blessed to hear such glorious singing. No one since has discovered the secret behind the sudden silence of the golden-voiced gondoliers. No one, it seems, but S. Morgenstern. Now Morgenstern recounts the sad and noble story of the ambitions, frustrations, and eventual triumph of Luigi, the gondolier with the goony smile.
Here, in this brilliantly illustrated exposition of the surprising facts behind this all-but-forgotten mystery, S. Morgenstern reveals the fascinating truths about John the Bastard, Laura Lorenzini, the centenarian Cristaldi the Pickle, Enrico Caruso, Porky XII, the Great Sorrento, the Queen of Corsica--and of course, the one and only Luigi. His tale will captivate you as much as his song!
Totally charming! For fans of The Princess Bride, this is a must-read. Goldman returns with his witty style and unique plotline and just pulls you in. Read morePublished 7 months ago by myz
I love William Goldman. I was disappointed that this book was nowhere near as good as The Princess Bride.Published 8 months ago by weasel5626
Yes, my second favorite. You can guess the first.
The Silent Gondoliers is a gentle fable about why the gondoliers of Venice, once the greatest singers in the world,... Read more
Short, interesting read. It's actually been a really long time since I read it, but I still remember basically what happens, and that I really enjoyed it. Read morePublished on April 9, 2013 by CindiJeanie
I have read many books on my kindle, although there are some I have yet to finish. This book, however, was not listed for kindle, but I have read Princess Bride, and enjoyed it,... Read morePublished on February 29, 2012 by lw
While not as great as "The Princess Bride," (seriously, that book is a satiric masterpiece that's hard to beat), this was a delightful read. Mr. Read morePublished on March 23, 2011 by Dana Brantley-Sieders
I think this story is nothing special but the voice is amazing. I have a feeling that, whatever Goldman wrote in the Morgenstern vioice, I would read. Read morePublished on December 24, 2010 by Nancyhua
The word 'farce' is not deep enough to describe the deep humor that is the whole book - the so-called author's notes and explanations why there's been such a delay since the... Read morePublished on July 29, 2010 by Rick Drake
I enjoyed "The Pricess Bride" very much. I liked the style. I liked the story. It was a lot of fun.
I like "The Silent Gondoliers" better. Read more